God the Judge of the Righteous and the Wicked.
A Psalm of Asaph.
1The Mighty One, God, the Lord, has spoken,
And summoned the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
2Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God has shone forth.
3May our God come and not keep silence;
Fire devours before Him,
And it is very tempestuous around Him.
4He summons the heavens above,
And the earth, to judge His people:
5“Gather My godly ones to Me,
Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”
6And the heavens declare His righteousness,
For God Himself is judge. Selah.
7“Hear, O My people, and I will speak;
O Israel, I will testify against you;
I am God, your God.
8I do not reprove you for your sacrifices,
And your burnt offerings are continually before Me.
9I shall take no young bull out of your house
Nor male goats out of your folds.
10For every beast of the forest is Mine,
The cattle on a thousand hills.
11I know every bird of the mountains,
And everything that moves in the field is #Or in My mind; lit with MeMine.
12If I were hungry I would not tell you,
For the world is Mine, and all it contains.
13Shall I eat the flesh of bulls
Or drink the blood of male goats?
14Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving
And pay your vows to the Most High;
15Call upon Me in the day of trouble;
I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.”
16But to the wicked God says,
“What right have you to tell of My statutes
And to take My covenant in your mouth?
17For you hate discipline,
And you cast My words behind you.
18When you see a thief, you are pleased with him,
And you associate with adulterers.
19You let your mouth loose in evil
And your tongue frames deceit.
20You sit and speak against your brother;
You slander your own mother’s son.
21These things you have done and I kept silence;
You thought that I was just like you;
I will reprove you and state the case in order before your eyes.
22“Now consider this, you who forget God,
Or I will tear you in pieces, and there will be none to deliver.
23He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me;
And to him who orders his way aright
I shall show the salvation of God.”